The American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Progressive Bag Affiliates said today that Philadelphia's City Council rejected on May 14 the proposed 25-cent-per-bag tax on plastic and paper grocery bags.
The ACC welcomed the City Council's vote and said that recycling is the answer and not taxing consumers.
According to the ACC's recent Post-Consumer Plastic Bottle Recycling Report, US plastic bottle recycling in 2007 reached a record-high of more than 2.3bn pounds. Still, many consumers are unaware of the significant usefulness, demand, and value of recycled plastic high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the group said.
Another challenge is the lack of sufficient access to recycling collection opportunities for products used away from home.
Some of the end-use markets for recycled plastics include non-food application bottles, such as for detergent, motor oil, household cleaners, etc; pipe and lawn and garden products; plastic lumber; pallets/crates/buckets; and in automotive.